Retiring of a Flag


Retiring of a Flag

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

The Flag Code, Section 4 (k)

If your troop, group, service unit or camp would like to retire a worn American flag in a respectful way, preferably by burning, please contact Margaret Paschal at the Girl Scout Helpline:


770-702-9411 (toll-free at 1-800-771-4046 ext. 9411)

You may either pick up your flag at the Mableton Service Center, or have it mailed to you. A sample flag-retiring ceremony is attached, but girls may create their own ceremony. This is a great project for Veteran’s Day (November 11 or 12) or Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) but is also appropriate for camp or troop meetings. Girls might also do this service in conjunction with working on their Legacy “Citizen” badge (Brownie – Ambassador.)